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Episode 72: Salvation, Injury, and Reinvention: A Football Story featuring Kenneth Scott

Kenneth Scott’s mother had lupus while he was growing up and though they were living off of food stamps and SSI in section 8 and she was facing great hardship as a single parent she never let the rest of the family see her struggle. When she remarried, Kenneth gained siblings but his stepdad and he went head-to-head and he witnessed his new father emotionally and physically abuse his mom throughout their relationship. Sports became Kenneth’s escape, a way to cope with the trouble he saw at home and he soon excelled at football. He became #34 in the nation and had a plan to do 3 years of college football and then go to the NFL. But when he got to college the abuse he’d witnessed and the frustration he’d felt as a child surfaced and threatened the life he was building. With the support of his football program and coach he went to therapy to work on his anger issues and live the life he wanted for himself.

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He gave back to the community, fell in love, and was so close to making his NFL dream come true. But after suffering two serious injuries he realized he would need to make a tough decision; he would need to set a new course for his life.

Kenneth Scott is a former athlete, sales leader, and entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Utah, where he earned two degrees while being a student-athlete. Through his exemplary ethic of leadership – he received many awards for his combination of community service, athletic, and academic performance, which resulted in him receiving the most Inspirational Male Student-Athlete and opportunities to play professionally in the NFL and CFL. Transitioning from the gridiron, he was able to expand and apply his skill sets which resulted in him quickly becoming the top performer as a sales professional in a Fortune 100 company and soon aligned as a Sales leader where he successfully built and enhanced the skills, knowledge, and abilities of Business Sales teams to execute key business metrics.

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I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
 
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
 
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
 
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